Education

Education
Sep 2006 - Present

Ph.D. (Candidate)

Teachers College, Columbia University

Dissertation: Microaggressions & Health Outcomes for Latina/o Americans: Understanding the influences of external characteristics & psychological resources

Research Competency Project: Microaggressions & the Life Experience of Latina/o Americans

Advisor: Derald Wing Sue, PhD

Sep 2002 - May 2004

M.S.

Johns Hopkins University
Sep 1994 - Dec 1998

B.S.

University of Wyoming

Work History

Work History

Educational Advisor

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Sep 2010 - Present

Counselor & Coordinator of LGBT Outreach

Lehman College Counseling Center

Supervisor: Annecy Baez, Ph.D.

  • Coordinate and develop services and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students
  • Manage campus-wide Safe Zone Program
  • Develop and conduct educational workshops for the campus community, including student organizations and academic classes
  • Developed and implemented a campus-wide assessment of the environment for LGBT students
  • Provide individual and group counseling to college students
Sep 2009 - Jul 2010

Psychological Extern

Addiction Institute of New York, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital

Supervisors: Joseph Ruggiero, Ph.D., Andrew Merling, Ph.D., & Meyrav Menaged, Ph.D.

  • Provided individual and group psychotherapy in intensive outpatient and inpatient facilities
  • Conducted psychodiagnostic evaluations
  • Led weekly group therapy for outpatient college students with substance use issues
  • Led weekly group therapy for inpatient dually diagnosed patients (chemical dependence and an additional psychological disorder)
  • Led & Co-led weekly process and manualized treatment (CBT-based) groups with outpatient and inpatient populations
  • Facilitated psycho-educational seminars on coping with psychological issues and substance abuse
  • Served as a liaison and consultant to patients with substance use concerns
Sep 2008 - May 2009

Psychological Extern

New School University Counseling Center

Supervisors: Rosa Lim, Ph.D. & Claire Haiman, Psy.D.

  • Provided short-term individual psychotherapy
  • Conducted intakes and crisis intervention
  • Conducted psychological assessment (cognitive, personality and academic)
Nov 2007 - Sep 2008

Coordinator for Outreach & Clinical Programs

Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services

Supervisor: Dinelia Rosa, Ph.D.

  • Coordinated outreach initiatives for a community mental health clinic
  • Represented the clinic at meetings with community agencies and hospitals
  • Developed outreach materials (brochures, promotional items)
  • Assessed potential clients for suicidality
Jan 2008 - May 2008

Assessment Extern

New York University Child Study Center

Supervisor: Denise Cascio, Psy.D.

  • Administered psychological assessments (cognitive, personality and academic) to children at an outpatient facility
Jan 2007 - May 2008

Counselor Trainee

Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services

Supervisors: Elizabeth Fraga, Ph.D. & Richard Keller, Ph.D.

  • Provided individual psychotherapy to adults in a community agency setting
  • Conducted intake interview with each client
  • Wrote initial intake report and quarterly reports on each client
  • Provided coverage for crisis situations in the director’s absence
Aug 2005 - Aug 2006

Academic Advisor

CUNY Honors College, Hunter College
Jul 1999 - May 2003

Assistant Director, Student Services

Center for Minority Educational Affairs, Georgetown University
Dec 1998 - Jun 1999

Academic Advisor/Credentials Analyst

Center for Academic Advising, University of Wyoming

Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

1.Sue, D.W., Rivera, D.P., Watkins, N.L., Kim, R., Kim., S., & Williams, C. (in press). Racial dialogues: Challenges faculty of color face in the classroom. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.

2.Sue, D. W., Rivera, D.P., Capodilupo, C.M., Lin, A.I., & Torino, G.C. (2010).Racial dialogues and White trainee fears: Implications for education and training. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 206-214.

3.Sue, D.W., Torino, G.C., Capodilupo, C.M., Rivera, D.P., & Lin, A.I. (2009). How White faculty perceive and react to difficult dialogues on race: Implications for education and training. The Counseling Psychologist, 37, 1090-1115.

4.Sue, D. W., Lin, A. I., Torino, G. C., Capodilupo, C. M., & Rivera, D. P. (2009).Racial microaggressions and difficult dialogues in the classroom.Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15, 183-190.

5.Sue, D.W., Nadal, K.L., Capodilupo, C.M., Lin, A.I., Torino, G.C., & Rivera, D.P., (2008) Racial microaggressions against Black Americans: Implications for counseling.Journal of Counseling & Development, 86, 330-338.

Book Chapters

6.Nadal, K.L., Rivera, D.P., & Corpus, M.J. (2010). Sexual orientation and transgender microaggressions in everyday life: Experiences of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals. In D.W. Sue (Ed.), Microaggressions and marginality: Manifestations, dynamics, and impact. (pp. 217-240). New York: Wiley & Sons.

7.Rivera, D.P. (2010). Sexual prejudice. In S. Goldstein & J. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. New York: Springer.

8.Rivera, D.P., Forquer, E., & Rangel, R. (2010). Microaggressions and the life experience of Latina/o Americans. In D.W. Sue (Ed.), Microaggressions and marginality: Manifestations, dynamics, and impact. (pp. 59-84).New York: Wiley & Sons.

9.Sue, D.W., Lin, A.I., & Rivera, D.P. (2009).Racial microaggressions in the workplace.In J.L. Chin (Ed.), Diversity in Mind and in Action, Volume 2: Disparities and Competence. (pp. 157-172).Westport, CT: Greenwood.

10.Nadal, K.L., & Rivera, D.P. (2008). Ethnic minority.In F.T.L. Leong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Counseling, Volume 3: Cross-Cultural Counseling. (pp. 1139-1141).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Manuscripts in Progress

11.Nadal, K.L., Griffin, K.E., Hamit, S., Leon, J., Tobio, M., & Rivera, D.P. (under review). Subtle and overt forms of Islamophobia: Microaggressions toward Muslim Americans.

12.Rivera, D.P., Nadal, K.L., Fisher, L.D., & Skolnik, A.A. (under review). Sexual orientation and gender identity microaggressions in the workplace.In M. Paludi (Ed.), Managing Diversity in Today’s Workplace.

13.Rivera, D.P., Watkins, N.L., & Molina, K. (in progress). Immigration-related laws, environmental microaggressions, and Latina/o health outcomes.

14.Rivera, D.P. (under review). Homophobia and Latinos. In F. Ortego y Gasca, M. Manzanarez, G.B. Ortego, A. Neves, & J.J. Wilson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Latino Issues Today. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Professional Talks (Refereed)

1.Rivera, D.P. (2011, January).Microaggressions and intersections of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Kevin L. Nadal (Chair) symposium entitled Microaggressions and the intersections of identities.Paper presented at the National Multicultural Summit & Conference. Seattle, Washington.

2.Rangel, R., & Rivera, D.P. (2010, November).Working with Latina immigrant clients: A roundtable discussion for therapists in training. Roundtable presented at the National Latina/o Psychological Association.San Antonio, Texas.

3.Kim, R.H., & Rivera, D.P. (2010, August). Strategies for facilitating difficult dialogues on race. Derald Wing Sue (Chair) workshop entitled Strategies for Facilitating Difficult Dialogues Triggered by Microaggressions. Workshop presented at the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.

4.Rivera, D.P. (2010, August). Moderating and mediating factors of coping with racial microaggressions. Derald Wing Sue (Chair) symposium entitled Coping with Racial Microaggressions: Considerations for practice and research. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.

5.Nadal, K.L, Rivera, D.P., Corpus, M.J., & Fisher, L.D. (2009, November). Microaggressions and the LGBTQ community: Advocating for social justice on individual, institutional, and societal levels. Interactive session presented at the Anti-heterosexism Conference, West Palm Beach, Florida.

6.Rivera, D.P., Forquer, E.E., & Rangel, R. (2009, August). Microaggressions and the life experience of Latina/o Americans. Michael Y. Lau (Chair) symposium entitled Microaggression Research: Current findings and future directions. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

7.Nadal, K.L., & Rivera, D.P. (2009, August). Microaggressions and the Asian American community: Recommendations for theory, research & practice. Interactive session presented at the Asian American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

8.Rangel, R., Rivera, D.P., & Mejia, B.X. (2009, February). Latina/o racial cultural identity: Increasing our awareness of social constructions. Roundtable presented at the 26th Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology & Education, New York, NY.

9.Lau, M., Hill, J.S., Capodilupo, C.M., Fisher, L.D., & Rivera, D.P. (2009, February). Practica and internships: Developing, incorporating, and effectively communicating multicultural training opportunities. Workshop presented at the 26th Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology & Education, New York, NY.

10.Mejia, B.X., Rangel, R., & Rivera, D.P. (2008, November). Nuestra cultura: Exploring our racial cultural identities and the social construction of Latinoness.Roundtable presented at the National Latina/o Psychological Association. Costa Mesa, CA.

11.Rivera, D.P. (2008, August).Racial microaggressions and the experience of Black/African Americans.Derald Wing Sue (Chair) symposium entitled Experiences of Racial Microaggressions for Black and Asian Americans. Paper presented at American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

12.Nadal, K.L., Corpus, M.J., & Rivera, D.P. (2008, August). Intersecting oppressed identities of LGBTQ Asian Americans: Implications for mental health. Interactive session presented at Asian American Psychological Association. Boston, MA.

13.Nadal, K.L., Corpus, M.J., & Rivera, D.P (2008, February).Intersections of multiple oppressed identities: A qualitative exploration of lesbian and gay Filipino Americans. Interactive session presented at the 25th Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education, New York, NY.

14.Stover, R.C., Barron, R., & Rivera, D.P. (2004, November).The individualized learning plan and the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program. Session presented at National Association for Gifted Children, Salt Lake City, UT.

15.Rivera, D.P. & Brown-McKenzie, C. (2002, October).Crossing the bridge: Making the transition to college life.Session presented at National Conference on Students in Transition, Pittsburgh, PA.

16.Adolphus, M., Gennari, A., Mayer, J., Park, J., & Rivera, D.P. (2001, September).From stories to strategies: Where do we go from here in addressing racism? Workshop presented at United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Non-governmental Organization Forum, Durban, South Africa.

17.Gennari, A., Kasat, R., Rivera, D.P. (2001, June).Institutionalized Racism in U.S. Education.Workshop presented at Mid-Atlantic Consultation for the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Washington, DC.

18.Rivera, D.P. (1999, February).Multicultural issues in academic advising. Session presented at Colorado-Wyoming Academic Advising Conference, Laramie, WY.

19.Rivera, D.P. (1998, April). Methods for reducing anxiety in children receiving routine injections. Paper presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salisbury, MD.

Research Experience

Primary Investigator, Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York, September 2007-present.

  • Serve as primary investigator of qualitative and quantitative research projects investigating the effects of microaggressions and immigration-related laws on the health of Latina/o Americans
  • Coordinate a team of doctoral-level graduate students
  • Manage data collection procedures
  • Facilitate qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Co-draft manuscripts for publication submission

Research Assistant, Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York, September 2006-present.

  • Serve as coordinator of Dr. Derald Wing Sue’s research team
  • Assist Dr. Sue with research studies on racial microaggressions and difficult dialogues on race in the classroom
  • Organize and facilitate focus groups to gather qualitative data
  • Analyze qualitative data using Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) method
  • Co-draft manuscripts for publication submission

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, September 1997-September 1998.

  • Assist Dr. Anne Bowen with health psychology research studies
  • Collect observational and quantitative data at community health centers from children and adults
  • Analyze data using SPSS

Awards & Honors

2011   Joint APA Ethics and Division 44 Student Travel Award

            Supported travel to the National Multicultural Conference and Summit to present research ($1000).

2010   Dr. Richard A. Rodriguez Division 44 Student Travel Award (APA Division 44, Committee on Racial             & Ethnic Diversity)

            Supported travel to the American Psychological Association Conference to present research ($500).

2010   Minority Fellowship Program Psychology Summer Institute, Fellow (APA)

            Selected and funded to participate in a week-long research training and mentorship program at the                     American Psychological Association’s headquarters.

2008   Emerging Leader Award, American College Counseling Association

            Awarded for outstanding student research

            Project title: Creating a safe space for students: An assessment of the campus climate for lesbian, gay,               bisexual & transgender students.

2003   Penny Rue Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Programs, Georgetown University

            Awarded for exemplary advisement and service to student organizations.

2002   Unsung Hero Award, Office of Student Affairs, Georgetown University

            Awarded for exemplary service to the division of student affairs.

2002   Commitment to Diversity Award, Minority Student Council, Georgetown University

            Awarded for demonstrated commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.

Professional Talks (Invited)

1.Rivera, D.P. (2010, June). Microaggressions and conflict resolution: The impact of subtle bias on creating and resolving conflict. Invited workshop, Institute on Diversity, Ethics, and Quality Practice, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution & the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, Greenbelt, MD.

2.Rivera, D.P. & Watkins, N.L (2009, December). Racial microaggression theory, research, and clinical implications. Invited presentation, Teachers College, Columbia University.

3.Nadal, K.L., Rivera, D.P., & Watkins, N.L. (2009, September). Discrimination in a new package, microaggressions: How to understand indirect bias in our lives. Invited presentation, University of Vermont.

4.Rivera, D.P. (2009, September). Multiple oppressed identities: Understanding the implications of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and ability on the manifestation of microaggressions. Invited workshop, University of Vermont.

5.Sue, D.W., Capodilupo, C.M., Rivera, D.P., & Torino, G.C. (2009, February). Racial microaggressions as triggers to difficult dialogues on race in the classroom. Invited workshop, 26th Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology & Education, New York, NY.

6.Rivera, D.P. & Klein, J.(2006, October).Time management and relaxation techniques.Invited workshops, 2006 Columbia University Student Leadership Retreat, New York, NY.

7.Rivera, D.P. (2003, July). Reflections on the Matthew Shepard tragedy. Invited keynote speaker,NMH Upward Bound 10th Annual Diversity Conference, Bridging Identities: Exploring the complexities of ourselves, Mount Hermon, MA.

8.     Rivera, D.P. (2000, September).Collaboration:Working together. Invited workshop, Georgetown University Student Leadership Conference, Washington, DC

Poster Presentations (Refereed)

1.Rivera, D.P., Rangel, R., & Forquer, E.E. (2009, June).Microaggressions against Latinas/os living in the United States. Poster presented at the Interamerican Congress of Psychology, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

2.Nadal, K.L., Corpus, M.J., & Rivera, D.P. (2008, August). Intersections of multiple oppressed identities: A qualitative exploration of lesbian and gay Filipino Americans. Poster presented at American Psychological Association. Boston, MA.

3.Rivera, D. P. (2008, February).Creating a safe space for students: An assessment of the campus climate

for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender students.Poster presented at American College Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.

Service Activities

Reviewer, Graduate Student Journal of Psychology (2007-08)

Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education (2 positions), Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University (2007-2008)

Student Representative, Counseling Psychology Faculty, Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University (2009)

Student-Faculty Relationships Committee, Counseling Psychology Program, Teachers College, Columbia University (2010)

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association (2006-present)

-Student Affiliate, divisions 17, 44, & 45

American College Counseling Association (2007-present)

National Latina/o Psychological Association (2007-present)

Interamerican Society of Psychology (2009-present)

American College Personnel Association (2003-2007)

-Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs, Latin@ Network, Technology Chair, 2003-2007

-Program Reviewer for the 2005 & 2006 Annual Conventions

Teaching Experience

Teaching Associate, Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York, September 2006-present.

  • Serve as teaching associate for the following graduate courses: Foundations of Counseling; Group Counseling; Ethics; Career Counseling; Racism & Racial Identity in Psychology & Education
  • Plan and deliver lectures for the following courses: Group Counseling; Ethics; and Career Counseling
  • Supervise and facilitate the development of counseling skills in master’s degree students (Foundations of Counseling; Group Counseling)
  • Construct and grade mid-term and final exams
  • Perform evaluation of graduate students regularly throughout the term, including midterm and end of term formal evaluation

Adjunct Instructor, CUNY Honors College, Hunter College, New York, New York, Fall 2005.

  • Developed and taught an honors orientation seminar (ORSEM 001) for first-year students in the honors program.

Instructor, Georgetown Institute for College Preparation, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, July 2003-May 2005

  • Developed & taught a course entitled “College Preparation” for pre-college students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Focused on issues of organization, time management, goal setting, career exploration, college planning, and personal development

Grants

2002 The Frank H. & Eva A. Buck Foundation, (educational programming for low-income/first-generation undergraduate students), Vacaville, California, $105,000, co-investigator with Dennis A. Williams